Yesterday was the start of the 2019 Las Vegas Summer League, and there were mixed results between the three Iowa basketball players with games.
I won’t lie, I was pretty excited to see the results of day one of the 2019 Las Vegas Summer League. Former Iowa basketball players Jarrod Uthoff, Peter Jok, and Tyler Cook were all going to be in action with the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, and Denver Nuggets summer league teams, respectively.
Yet, I was left disappointed.
Out of the three players expected to play, only Uthoff even got to play. Peter Jok registered zero minutes for the Orlando Magic. Ten players for the Magic saw double-digit minutes of playing time in a win over the San Antonio Spurs.
Tyler Cook, meanwhile, was a surprising addition to the Nuggets squad after dealing with an ankle injury suffered during pre-draft workouts, but it ultimately didn’t matter on day one as mother nature had other plans. The Nuggets game against the Phoenix Suns was canceled due to an earthquake.
Uthoff, the only Iowa basketball player to see action, got the start in Detroit’s opening game against Croatia, but only played 18 minutes (the least of all starters) as he struggled shooting from the floor. Uthoff went 2 of 6 from the field and 1 of 4 from behind the arc. He added three free throws for a total of 5 points. He did show his versatility though adding 3 rebounds and 3 assists in his time on the court to finish with a positive 7 plus/minus rating.
Uthoff is back in action with Detroit today at 230 PM Central Standard Time when the Pistons take on Portland while Cook and Jok have to wait until Sunday to hopefully their first minutes of playing time as the two Iowa basketball players face off against each other for the first time in their young professional careers.